Chloe Reid jumping at the 2012 Washington International Horse Show.
There are just two more days to enjoy the Washington International Horse Show. Happening at the Verizon Center now through Saturday, October 26, the big event is estimated to host about 20,000 attendees—including amateur and professional riders, breeders, and spectators from all over the world. Stop by Friday, Saturday, or both days to take in displays of show jumping, hunter classics, and other equestrian competitions.
Not-to-be-missed: Top junior riders will compete in the Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals on Friday and Saturday. And professional riders (including Olympic medalists) compete for the President’s Cup Grand Prix on Saturday, with the winner taking home a prize of $125,000 and qualifying points for the World Cup Finals.
We’ve got our eye on DC’s Chloe Reid, a 17-year-old amateur rider. Reid is looking forward to showing in the junior jumpers class, which starts today (October 24). She received her first pony at age 4 from her uncle—Chester Weber, who also happens to be the 2012 US Equestrian Federation Four-In-Hand Driving Champion—and started competing at age 7. Riding at home has benefits, Reid reveals: “It’s almost [like being] a hometown favorite. Having people root for you in that way is really exciting.” For a full list of events, visit wihs.org; adult tickets are available from $15 on wihs.org or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Verizon Centerâ€¨, 601 F St. NW